Looking for other things to do near Orlando? Kayaking near Orlando is absolutely incredible. The clear, spring fed runs and wildlife filled rivers that exist here are breathtaking. If you like adventurous stuff, discovering Florida's wildlife, birding, nature photography or just having a safe, relaxing trip on the lazy river, a guided kayak tour is for you!

Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc
specializes in exceptionally well put together guided kayak tours near Orlando.
Call us at 352-589-7899 or email us  

Scroll down to see some of our adventures and plan your next trip to Kayak near Orlando! 

St. Johns River/Blue Springs (Orange City, FL)
This historic river was once the highway for commerce in Central Florida bringing goods to the area by paddle wheel boat. It is now a paradise for wildlife. As one of the few rivers that flows North, several springs and tributaries join in to create estuaries for fish of all kinds. As you paddle over the clear waters of Blue Springs, it's like kayaking in an aquarium. The Bald Eagles, Osprey, Herons, Wood Storks, Limpkins, Anhingas, Egrets, Cormorants, Alligators, Turtles, Garfish, Bass and many more species thrive here and call this place home. Just up I-4 from Orlando makes this tour a favorite! It's a relaxing 2-3 or 4-5 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary 
St Johns River I $59.00 (2-3 hours)
St Johns River II $89.00 (4-5 hours)

Winter Manatee Tour (Nov. - Mar. Orange City) 
Winter in Florida is a magical time. The Manatee comes inland to bask in the 72 degree waters of Florida's beautiful springs. If you have never experienced this gentle creature, now is the time! Just north of Orlando, this is an incredible 2-3 or 4-5 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary 
Winter Manatee I $59.00 (2-3 hours)
Winter Manatee II $89.00 (4-5 hours)

Extreme Blackwater Lake (Eustis, FL)
Paddle through an enchanted blackwater forest to a beautiful lake rimmed with Cypress trees that are hundreds maybe even thousands of years old. These weathered trees tell many stories about the history of this land. Less than an hour from Orlando, Blackwater Lake is a 2-3 hour treat.
Level of Difficulty: Previous Experience Necessary 
Extreme Blackwater Lake I $59.00 (2-3 hours)

Rock Springs Run (Apopka, FL)
This river meanders through enchanted forests as well as wide open savannas. The water is crystal clear and home to many types of fish and wading birds. You'll also have a chance to see raccoon, bobcat, turtles etc. There are many places to stop and relax or if you choose to, go for a swim. Being close to Orlando also makes this a great 2-3 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: Some Experience Necessary
Rock Springs Run I $64.00 (2-3 hours)

Extreme Emerald Cut (Apopka, FL)
This run takes you on some of Central Florida's fastest water. Paddle upstream to the top and let the river shoot you through the gap back to the bottom. This narrow river screams excitement and fun to the experienced paddler. The longer 4-5 hour run is a combo tour of the mellow trip past the old Florida Cracker houses to the savannah and the fast waters of Emerald Cut. Along with some wildlife viewing this is an awesome 2-3 or 4-5 hour Orlando Kayaking Tour!
Level of Difficulty: Previous Experience Necessary
Extreme Emerald Cut I $64.00 (2-3 hours)
Extreme Emerald Cut II $94.00 (4-5 hours)

Wekiva River (Sanford, FL)
Three springs pour into this pristine river. The Great Egret, American Bittern, Woodpeckers, Great Blue Heron, as well as many other Herons and waterfowl flourish on this river. The Ivory-billed Woodpecker at one time called this home. These shallow waters create a fantastic environment for many different species of plants, fish and other wildlife. This Orlando kayaking tour is right off of I-4 and we are able to do a 2-3 hour tour or a 4-5 hour tour here.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary 
Wekiva River I $59.00 (2-3 hours)
Wekiva River II $89.00 (4-5 hours)

Silver River (Silver Springs, FL)
Exceptionally scenic! Some twists and turns of this river can reach depths of over 25 ft and it’s so clear that you can see the bottom at any depth. You will definitely hone your paddling skills going upstream but a first magnitude spring makes the trip back a breeze! You’ll have a chance to see lots of wildlife; otters, wading birds, hawks, owls, raccoons, wild pigs and more. See giant garfish, armored catfish, bowfin and maybe even a monkey or 12. If you are staying near Orlando and want to experience one of the most beautiful rivers in Central Florida this is an unforgettable 4-5 hour tour or go for the full day, it's an extraordinary 6-7 hour paddle.
Level of Difficulty: Must be In Good Shape or you will be when you’re done ;-)
Silver River I $89.00 (4-5 hours)
Silver River II $129.00 (6-7 hours)

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Exploring the St Johns River with the Florida Manatees January 26, 2015

Sisters Debbie and Donna came down from NJ for a little Florida Sunshine and that's exactly what we had on our paddling trip today. The St Johns River winds were gusting up to 30 mph but we managed to hang along the tree line and it was fairly calm. The Manatees were out in full force and we had a Mom and Baby come over for a closer look at our kayaks which is always exciting. We got to watch 50 or so White Ibis trying to find a place to land and as the wind came over the trees it would kicked them back up into the air again. After several passes they aborted the mission and found another spot. There were 2 Bald Eagles out today and one flew right up into an old tree and posed for some photos. We had good sightings of the Gators and Turtles out sunning and also saw Limpkins, Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, Little Blue Herons and even a Wood Stork. With the big blue sky above and plenty of sun it was a great day to be sharing it with the Sisters!

In search of Florida's Nature January 3, 2015

As we started off on our excursion of the St Johns River we headed toward the big island and found a Great Blue Heron sitting on the nest hoping for a mate. There were lots of White Ibis wading in the flooded swamp and then we headed to the Spring Run. We saw quite a few Manatees basking in the clear 72 degree waters of Blue Springs. As we paddled to Snake Creek we discovered a Momma Gator with her 4 babies. We encountered lots of medium to small sized Gators along the way as well as Yellow-bellied Peninsula Cooters and a few Red-bellied Cooter Turtles. Inside the creek we happened upon 2 Pileated Woodpeckers hunting for insects in the trees and a pair of Bald Eagles were the sentinels of the day.

A land remembered... Paddling the St Johns River December 11, 2014

This time of year on the St Johns River 2 things are sure to happen. The Manatees return to their Winter retreat and the Barred Owls begin their mating calls. We came across both today. Andrew and Jo came over from the UK and a kayak trip on the St Johns was on the agenda. Up by the spring run the Manatees were coming and going. There's nothing like having a 1000 lb mammal swim under your kayak. Out in Snake Creek we spied the Barred Owl napping with his back to us. As he awoke, he gave us a good long stare. The Hawks, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Anhingas, Cormorants and others joined us on our drift back to the take out spot. There are still lots of Fall reflections on the river with the Red Maples, Sweet Gum, Bald Cypress and Water Hickory Trees all colored up. This is the epitome of Central Florida and it's great stuff!

Kayaking with the wildlife Nov. 21, 2014

We launched our yaks on the St Johns River and headed over to the Island. There we saw a Great Blue Heron sitting on a nest... the first one of the year. The Anhingas, Cormorants (the Sentinels of the Springs ;-), Great Egrets, Snowy and Cattle Egrets were all together fishing and hunting up their breakfast and we got to see a few Little Blue Herons with several White Ibis. Down by the Springs the Manatees were coming through and we even got to have an encounter or two. On the way to Snake Creek we realized we were being escorted by a Manatee and in the swamps of the creek we were able to find a Barred Owl perched in the trees. As we headed back we came upon 3 small Gators sitting together sunning and between the company we shared and the wildlife we saw it was a fantastic day!

Kayaking near Orlando November 1, 2014

A little bit of wind wasn't going to keep us off the St Johns River today and we got the have the river to ourselves ;-). Ian and Lexa, from NY City were game so we set off across the river to the treeline and what a difference! Paddling over there, the river was almost like glass. All the birds had the same idea. We saw Little Blue, Great Blue and Tri-colored Herons, Snowy and Great Egrets, Black-crowned Night Herons, White Ibis, Anhingas and Limpkins all out feeding. Most of the trees are turning their Fall colors on and the Cypress needles rained down on us as we made our way to Snake Creek. The creek is still swollen from the rains of September but that just makes for the opportunity to explore the swamps which is always a treat. On the way to the ramp we caught a glimpse of a Manatee that happened past us. Mother Nature was kind to us today and it made for a great day of paddling!